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About Southern Safari

Southern-Safari-in-Ireland-Header.jpgAbout Southern Safari

Southern Safari is open to anyone – alumni, friends of MSSU, community members, retired faculty and staff – anyone with a desire to see the world and experience new cultures firsthand. Sometimes, we are joined by members of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.

The inaugural voyage was made to Italy in June 2015. The group also has traveled to Cuba twice (in May 2016 and May 2017) and to London (October 2017). The Safari club traveled to Scotland and Ireland in October 2019.

“The trip was just right for us – great people, great options for group activities, time to strike out on our own – it was a perfect fit!,” said Anita Tally, who went with her husband, Craig, on the London trip.

Travelers have ranged in age from 25 to 80. Everyone is welcome!

For more information, contact Dr. Chad Stebbins, director of the Institute of International Studies, at or 417-625-9736.

Here's an interview program about Southern Safari with Chad Stebbins and participants Erv and LeeAnn Langan, Craig and Anita Tally, and Jacqueline Brown.

Explore Spain

Southern Safari’s next trip will be to Spain, October 14-24, 2023. Join Dr. Chad Stebbins , director of MSSU’s Institute of International Studies, and former professors John Knapp, Paul Teverow, and Gerald Schlink, and former athletic director Sallie Beard on this exciting trip.

Your Southern Safari - Spain package includes: 

  • Air Transportation from Springfield, MO to Malaga, Spain 
  • Transfers from Malaga to Ronda
  • (5) Nights Hotel Accommodations in Ronda - 4-star hotel or similar
  • Daily Sightseeing in Ronda to Madrid 
  • Transportation from Ronda to Madrid 
  • (4) Nights Hotel Accommodations in Madrid - 4-star hotel or similar
  • Daily Sightseeing in Madrid as listed on itinerary 
  • Madrid Airport transfers
  • Flight from Madrid, Spain to Springfield, MO

The cost of the trip is $3,699 per person, based on double occupancy. The single occupancy rate is $4,698. Please make a $2,000 deposit with Ken Mayer at the time of joining. The balance is due by July 10.

Click here for the Tentative Itinerary

Click here for the Trip Details

Click here for the Reservation Form

Please contact  Chad Stebbins  or  Ken Mayer at GalaxSea Cruises & Tours if you have questions about the trip. 

Contact the Department

Dr. Chad Stebbins
Director, Institute of International Studies